Becoming Self Employed & Setting up as a Sole Trader.
If you have ever wanted to know how to become a self-employed window cleaner then please keep reading on.
Window cleaning has to be one of the easiest ways to working for yourself and there will never be a shortage of windows that need cleaning.
April 2010 was a turning point in my career.
Since 1985 I had been employed in the motor trade, and in 2010 I was working as a General Sales Manager for Lindop Toyota.
I enjoyed my work; it was a safe job, and the company was a great one with a great boss; however, I wanted to do something for myself.
My boss always said everybody should try self-employment at least once, so I decided to take his advice.
The day I gave my notice coincidentally, the other Sales Manager also gave his in as well.
My boss took some convincing that it was a coincidence!
I now had 30 days to decide what I was going to do. I had already narrowed the choices down to 2.
Choice A – Borrow £ 50’000 against the house and become a Used Car Dealer
Choice B – Borrow nothing and become a window cleaner
One of the deciding factors was discovering how difficult it was (and still is) to find a reliable and regular window cleaner.
We had tried four different t window cleaners in less than two year years, and none of them proved to be regular or reliable.
How To Find Customers
While working my notice, I decided I wanted to hit the ground running, so I needed customers.
The fastest way to find customers as a window cleaner is by canvassing and knocking doors.
So one Saturday equipped with some business cards, I went knocking on the estate where I used to live.
The first house was not home, but on the second house, they were.
I asked them if they needed a good regular window cleaner, which they did, so we agreed on a four-week schedule at £10 a clean.
I couldn’t believe it. I had my first £10 customer on the books.
I repeated this process for the two weeks before I left my job and managed to secure 35 customers before I had officially started.
How to register as a sole trader
The next thing I need to do was register as a sole trader and find out how to get a UTR number.
It was effortless and straight forward, and I just did everything online with the tax office.
Finding a Van
Getting a decent working van was next on the list of things to do.
I found my very first van down at the local auction which I got for just under £500, including auction fees.
Window Cleaners Insurance
I needed insurance for my van, which I organized with Alexander Swann and my public liability insurance I got through Gleaming Insurance.
Window Cleaning Equipment
I had decided to become a water fed pole window cleaner eventually however, I decided to start with learning the art of traditional window cleaning using a mop and window cleaning blade.
I purchased everything I need for under £400, including my window cleaning ladders.
Setting up self-employment as a window cleaner is one of the lowest costs of entry businesses there is.
So long as you don’t mind heights, then it could be an ideal business for you.